It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single gamer in possession of a customisation tool, will use that tool to make penises. Likewise, a single gamer with access to a game submissions platform with a captive audience, will use that platform to post jokes and bogus projects. This is what’s happening with Steam Greenlight, Valve’s newly launched indie game showroom; it’s kind of like Kickstarter, only you don’t have to give any money. There’s already a South African indie game up for approval.
In the most recent update to the platform, Valve has announced that they will be charging $100 for every game submission from here on out. According to Valve, “there is unfortunately a significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted, either as a joke or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Greenlight.” By charging for submissions, Valve hopes to dissuade people from being silly which will aid Greenlight’s transformation into a valuable indie publication platform.
It gets better: Valve won’t be keeping that $100. Instead, every cent that’s accumulated will be donated to the Child’s Play charity. Simply put, Valve has “no interest in making money from this.” Any games submitted prior to this update will not be retroactively charged.